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  1. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak releases statement on rumors

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Kobe Bryant wanted Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak to make up his mind — either trade Pau Gasol or say you’re not going to. Which is completely unrealistic, but it plays well in the locker room so he said it. That was enough to get a rare public statement from Kupchak: “As a former player, I…

  2. Ginobili, Splitter both expected to miss two weeks with injuries

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    From the AP: San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is expected to miss two weeks with a strained left oblique…Forward Tiago Splitter also is expected to miss two weeks with a strained right calf, but he traveled with the team to Salt Lake City and will continue his rehab during the road trip. Ginobili has…

  3. Harden, Collison both out for Thunder against New Orleans

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

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    From The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry: James Harden (ankle) and Nick Collison (groin) are both out tonight against the Hornets. Big blow to the Thunder’s depth. Harden has been having a career season, and has been making a strong case for the 6th Man of the Year Award. The #3 overall pick in 2009 has been…

  4. Today in ultra-miserable Greg Oden news: Greg Oden is going to have microfracture surgery for the 3rd time

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    Wow, this is terrible. According to the Oregonian’s Jason Quick, Blazers center and 2007 #1 overall pick Greg Oden is going to have to undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee, which will be his 2nd microfracture surgery on that knee since Oden came into the NBA. Oden has also undergone microfracture surgery and his…

  5. Carmelo Anthony returns to Knicks lineup Monday vs. Nets

    Feb 20, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Anthony reacts to the Bulls missing a free throw attempt in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    If you’re going to ease Carmelo Anthony back into the new-look Knicks, this is the best way to do it — against the worst defense in the league. Carmelo Anthony will be back with the Knicks in the starting lineup Monday against the Nets, the team announced. He will start (Iman Shumpert will come off…

  6. Rajon Rondo suspended two games for throwing ball at ref

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    There are things you can’t do, no matter how frustrated you get with the referees. Throwing the ball at them is one of them. Boston’s Rajon Rondo has been suspended two games by the league for throwing the ball at an official, it was announced Monday. He is out Monday night against the Mavericks and…

  7. Derrick Rose cleared, in lineup Monday vs. Hawks

    Feb 20, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    UPDATE 4:13 pm: Rose is back and in the starting lineup. Remember that while he was out for back spasms, he had played through a turf toe injury before that and this time off certainly will help a little with that as well. 3:50 pm: After missing five games due to a back injury, Derrick…

  8. Jon Brockman is better at trick shots than you

    Feb 20, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    Jon Brockman

    Whatever you do in life, do not play HORSE for money with Jon Brockman. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The Bucks backup big man released a video of trick shots that is very impressive. The man has skills. Consider this a Presidents’ Day treat from PBT.

  9. Gilbert Arenas has been giving Jeremy Lin advice

    Feb 20, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Gilbert Arenas says he talks to Jeremy Lin once a week. He talks to Dwight Howard more than that (just passing that along), but Arenas told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated he’s been giving tips and played in a game this summer with Lin. This is part of a fantastic Q&A Amick did with Arenas…

  10. Westbrook, Williams headline All-Star Skills Challenge

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Samuel Dalembert

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge can get overlooked during the All-Star Saturday festivities (especially when guys are dunking over a car), watching guys go through drills is not the most exciting part of the weekend. But this year’s lineup might at least get you stop and watch. Participating are: Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker,…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Streaking Heat, Spurs land on top

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Miami has looked dominant the last week, while Tony Parker may be the best player in basketball the last two weeks so the Spurs climb. At the bottom, things look familiar. 1. Heat (24-7, last week ranked 1). They became the third team in the NBA to sweep a back-to-back-to-back (Bulls, Thunder), but they did…

  12. Video: Bill Clinton gets jersey, love from crowd at Heat game

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Rodney Mott, Bill Kennedy, Steve Javie, Bill Clinton

    Apparently you have to be a former President of the United States and friend of the owner to get courtside seats to a Miami Heat game. Or, at least it helps. Former president Bill Clinton was courtside for the Heat’s demolition of the Magic on Sunday (a guest of Heat owner Micky Arison) and was…

  13. Jeremy Lin asks everyone to back off his family in Taiwan

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Linsanity has reached Taiwan, where Lin’s grandmother and other family live. And he wants everyone to back off them. He told the Associated Press his relatives are being “bombarded” right now. “I just want people to respect the privacy of my relatives in Taiwan and I think hopefully this will get back to everybody because…

  14. Monday And-1 links: Anthony Morrow to honor Drazen Petrovic

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

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    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Anthony Morrow is going to wear a Drazen Petrovic Nets throwback jersey during the All-Star Three Point Contest next weekend in Orlando. Petrovic was a…

  15. In Stephen Jackson’s world he gets traded to the Nets

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Stephen Jackson

    Stephen Jackson is living in his own little world right now. Jackson and old-school coach Scott Skiles have not meshed, nor has Jackson in the Bucks system. The result has been reduced minutes — eight on Sunday — and lots of Stephen Jackson trade speculation. Jackson basically said on Sunday his ideal situation in his…

  16. Jason Terry is not a member of the Jeremy Lin fan club

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin walks up the court against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Sunday may have changed his mind. That is when Jeremy Lin put up 28 points and 14 assists in leading the Knicks past the Mavericks. That included six points and six assists in the fourth quarter when the Knicks took over the game. Going into that game, Jason Terry was not as impressed as the…

  17. Report: Wilson Chandler to meet with Nuggets Monday

    Feb 20, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    His Chinese team may be in the playoffs but as we told you might be happening, Wilson Chandler has left that team and is back in the United States. Denver, to be specific, which brings us to this tweet from Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post. Just got word that Wilson Chandler will be in…

  18. Rajon Rondo ejected for throwing ball at referee

    Feb 20, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    You can bet that a suspension is coming for that one. Rajon Rondo was frustrated in the third quarter Sunday because he had driven the lane and taken as shot, Detroit’s Greg Monroe pretty much jumped on his back (knocking Rondo to the floor) and no call was made. He has the right to be…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pistons handle Celtics easily

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:14 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while trying to decide if you should vote for the naked cowboy guy for president… Knicks 104, Mavericks 97: So Mark Cuban, still think Linsanity is all about New York? Matt Moore broke this down as our game of the day Sunday. Heat 90, Magic 78: It wasn’t that close, the Heat…

  20. Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka make history in Thunder win over Nuggets

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:56 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Numbers so rarely tell the story in retrospect. Every number based on human performance requires interpretation, it requires understanding. The idea that numbers are meaningless in the context of basketball is asinine, but the idea that in 20 years, some kid will check basketball reference and see the box score for the Thunder’s 124-118 win…

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